Car makers feeling the pinch from Covid-19

A new Honda comes off the line at Dongfeng, Honda’s third factory, last year in Wuhan, Hubei...
A new Honda comes off the line at Dongfeng, Honda’s third factory, last year in Wuhan, Hubei province of China. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
Motor Industry Association chief executive David Crawford says it is "inevitable" there will be shortages across a number of new makes and models in the coming months as Covid-19 affects the supply chain.  

"Motor plants are closed in China and that also impacts production of vehicles that are assembled elsewhere." 

Car maker Hyundai has already said component shortages have forced it to halt production. Mr Crawford says some manufacturers have been able to secure alternative parts and components to minimise disruption, but that will clearly not be the case with cars produced in China.

"Local distributors do try to carry enough stock for several months, so it is those shipments that were due to arrive now that will have the impact down the line."

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